Ruth Wells of Sierra Madre, Meredith and Londonderry

Ruth Wells, 88, passed away peacefully on May 17, 2013 at The British Home in Sierra Madre, Calif. She was born June 9, 1924 in Londonderry, N.H., the youngest of three children of the late Prescott and Dorothy (Boyden) Torrey. She graduated from Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., and later married her high school sweetheart, Donald C. Wells, becoming a Navy wife. After WW II, they settled down in Londonderry, where she was a member of the local chapter of The Grange and the Londonderry Presbyterian Church. After raising her three children, she and Don moved to Meredith, N.H., on the grounds of the Waukewan Golf Club, where she became an avid golfer. For many years she divided her time between homes in Meredith and Crystal River, Fla. Her husband of 54 years died in 1997.

In later years, facing health challenges, she lived with her son and daughter-in-law in La Crescenta, Calif., later moving to The British Home in nearby Sierra Madre. There she enjoyed friends, outings and trips with family, the care of a loving staff and a busy schedule of excursions and activities. She was growing and challenging herself and enjoying life until the day she passed peacefully in her sleep.

She is survived by her sister, Barbara Stone, of West Kennebunk, Maine; her son Donald P. Wells and daughter-in-law Susan, of La Crescenta; her son Barry Wells and daughter-in-law Chris, of Thornton, N.H.; her daughter, Bonnie Wells, of Northampton, Mass.; her granddaughter Jennifer Wells, her husband, Eric Finkelman, and great-grandson, Hudson of Redondo Beach, Calif.; her granddaughter Tracy Dorris, husband Carey and great-grandchildren Madison and Jack of Buford, Ga.

A calling hour will be held on Thursday, May 23rd from 12 – 1pm in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 15 Birch St., Derry. Funeral services will follow at 1:00pm in the funeral home. The burial will follow in the Forest Hill Cemetery in E. Derry.

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Pearl McQuarrie of Londonderry

Pearl Ida McQuarrie, 78, of Londonderry, died Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at her residence, surrounded by her loving family. Pearl was born September 26, 1934 in Houlton, ME and was a daughter of the late Albert and Olive (McCordic) Suitter. She was raised and educated in Houlton, moved to NH in 1962, and has been a resident of Londonderry since 1964.

Mrs. McQuarrie was a homemaker, who helped her husband in managing McQuarrie Trucking for many years. Pearl had a love for music that inspired and touched many lives. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends at bluegrass field pickin’ parties. She will long be remembered as our “Sweet Mother Pearl”, her warm heart, kindness and gentle touch will live in our hearts for eternity.

Members of the family include her three children, Wanda McQuarrie of Londonderry, Mark McQuarrie of Londonderry, and Jackie Lee Fairhurst, and her husband John of Belmont. Three grandchildren, Mark Daniel McQuarrie and his wife Katie, Danielle Lee McQuarrie, Miranda Currier as well as Teddy, Wayne and Samantha, and one great granddaughter, Sophia Parker. She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Daniel Wilson McQuarrie in 2012, a son Daniel Parker (Slugger) McQuarrie in 1990, and a daughter, Marchelle McQuarrie in 2009.

After cremation, private services are being planned by the family. The Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium of Derry and Londonderry are assisting the family.

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Shirley Gilcreast of Derry, Sandown and Londonderry

Shirley W. Gilcreast, 86, passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at the Elliot Hospital, Manchester surrounded by her loving family. She was born on April 12, 1927 in Nashua, NH a daughter of the late Neil and Fannie (Robie) Watts. Mrs. Gilcreast was a resident of Villa Crest Nursing Home for two years, formerly living in Derry, Sandown and many years in Londonderry. She was the organist at Londonderry Presbyterian Church for over 47 years. She enjoyed playing Cribbage and Yahtzee, as well as reading and quilting. Mrs. Gilcreast loved her family and spending time with them. She was a very kind, compassionate, and loving woman who always put others needs before her own.

She is survived by three sons, John Gilcreast and his wife, Doris, of Derry, Kevin Gilcreast and his wife, Linda, of Derry, and David Gilcreast and his wife, Stacey, of Sandown, two daughters, Judy Hatch and her husband, David, of Derry and Lynn Bedard and her husband, Gerard, of Methuen, MA, ten grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and one sister, Phyllis Holton of Hudson, NH.

A calling hour will be held on Friday May 10th from 2:00 – 3:00pm at the Londonderry Presbyterian Church, 126 Pillsbury Rd., Londonderry with funeral services to begin at 3:00pm in the Church. The burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery, Mammoth Rd., Londonderry. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Shirley’s memory to the Villa Crest Nursing Home, 1276 Hanover Street, Manchester, NH 03104. The Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 15 Birch Street, Derry is handling the arrangements. The family of Mrs. Gilcreast would like to express their deepest gratitude to the Villa Crest Nursing Home for the loving care that was given to her during her time with them.

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Richard Higgins of Londonderry

Richard Grant Higgins, 71, of Londonderry, NH, died Saturday May 4, 2013 at his home in Londonderry. He was born in Medford, MA on October 28, 1941, a son of John E. and Catherine (Grant) Higgins. A resident of Londonderry since 1982, he formerly lived in Boston, MA. He was raised in Melrose, MA, and was a graduate of Malden Catholic High School in Malden, MA. Mr. Higgins was a Vietnam Combat Veteran and a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point in 1963. He was an Airborne Ranger and an artillery officer, and he served with units in Hawaii and Germany. He was a recipient of the Bronze Star. After his military service, Mr. Higgins earned an MBA at Harvard Business School. He had been self employed as a Labor Arbitrator and Mediator for more than 30 years and was a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators. He served on the Londonderry Zoning Board of Adjustment for 13 years.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Debra L. (Ouellette) Higgins of Londonderry; two daughters, Joanne Marie Higgins of Amesbury, MA, and Sharon E. O’Neill and her husband Michael of Hollis, NH; two sons, Richard G. Higgins, Jr. and his wife Allison of Brentwood, NH, and Paul M. Higgins and his wife Sarah Gill of Boston; five grandchildren, Deana, Juan, Anna, Sean, and Ryan; two brothers, John E. Higgins, Jr. of Chevy Chase, MD, and Bob Higgins of Cambridge, MA; one sister, Mary Catherine Harbin of Hedgesville, WV; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, May 10th from 4 – 8pm in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 290 Mammoth Rd., Londonderry. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 10:00am in St. Jude Parish, 435 Mammoth Rd., Londonderry. Committal services with military honors will follow in Glenwood Cemetery, Mammoth Rd., Londonderry. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested a donation in Dick’s honor to a scholarship at Malden Catholic. Checks should be made to the Malden Catholic Scholarship Fund and sent to the school at 99 Crystal Street, Malden, MA 02148.

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Edna Hull of Londonderry

Edna F. Hull, 67, of Londonderry, NH, died Friday May 3, 2013 in Parkland Medical Center in Derry, NH. She was born in Richmond, VA on October 23, 1945, a daughter of the late Edward and Edna (Whitlow) Flippen. Mrs. Hull had been a resident of Londonderry since 1976, formerly living in Virginia Beach, VA and Richmond, VA. She was a graduate of Douglas-Freeman High School in Richmond and had attended Marion College. Mrs. Hull owned and operated EFH Travel in Londonderry for many years. She was a very active member of Manchester Christian Church where she had served as the Teaching Director for Community Bible Study for the past eight years, and as a member of the Strategic Leadership Team. Mrs. Hull had formerly served as a deacon with the Londonderry Presbyterian Church in Londonderry.

She is survived by her husband, Frank Hull of Londonderry; two sons, Chip Hull of Dunbarton, NH, and Mark Hull of Grapevine, TX; three grandchildren, Quinn, Skylar, and Alexis; one brother, Edward Flippin of Tampa, FL; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will be held on Monday, May 6th from 4 – 8pm in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 290 Mammoth Rd., Londonderry. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 10:00am in the Manchester Christian Church, 1308 Wellington Rd., Manchester, NH. The burial will be in NH State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Hwy., Boscawen, NH. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Manchester Christian Church, ONE Campaign, 1308 Wellington Rd., Manchester, NH 03104 or to the First Presbyterian Church Building Fund, PO Box 1553, Concord, NH 03302.

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James Reilly of Londonderry

James M. Reilly, 74, of Londonderry, NH, died Wednesday April 24, 2013 in Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, NH. He was born in Waltham, MA on May 28, 1938, a son of the late James and Marie (MacDonald) Reilly, Sr. He had been a resident of Londonderry for the past 40 years, formerly living in Lawrence, MA. Mr. Reilly was a graduate of St. Mary High School in Waltham, MA and had attended Boston College. He was a US Marine veteran. Mr. Reilly was a communicant of Holy Cross Parish in E. Derry. He delighted in gardening, cooking, reading and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Judith A. (Liss) Reilly of Londonderry; loving father of, Joanne Cantone and her husband William of Londonderry; loving grandfather of, Tyler, Brianna, Brendan, and Mikayla; two sisters, Maureen Casperowitz and her husband Joe of Framingham, MA, Barbara Mackiewicz and her husband Vic of Marlborough, MA; two brothers, Philip Reilly and his wife Pina of Florida, and David Reilly and his wife Laurel of Newton, MA. He was predeceased by his daughter, Christine K. Reilly in 1985.

From his wife Judy: An Irish Blessing

May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, May the rains fall soft upon your fields, And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, April 28th from 2 – 5pm in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 290 Mammoth Rd., Londonderry. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10:00am in Holy Cross Church, Hampstead Rd., Derry, NH. The burial will be follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Gilcreast Rd., Londonderry. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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